Block Printmaking

An online workshop delivered on Zoom

Date: January 30, 2021
Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost Members: $30
Non-Members: $40

Block printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking and has been used for surface embellishment for thousands of years. There are many techniques, but the process uses a carved material that has been coated in colour to transfer its carved image onto paper or fabric. Resulting prints can be simple or intricate – but since the blocks are carved by hand, the printed images are often bold and distinctive. In this workshop you will choose your materials, draw your own design, transfer your design onto your block, carve your design into the block surface, apply colour and proof your block by making several test prints. You will have the opportunity to make several print blocks and print with them to create a variety of patterns. Sharing as we work is an important part of this process. Participants will be supplied with their own workshop kit that will include a set of carving tools, rubber eraser blocks and an ink pad. – great for beginning with this technique. Participants are encouraged to have on hand any other block printing materials they may already own – lino cutting tools, exacto knives, rubber erasers, print media (inks, pigments, paints, brushes, tools). Please collect scraps of 100% cotton fabric and/or a variety of papers to print on. A complete materials list will be forwarded to confirmed workshop participants closer to the workshop date. Your workshop fee will include the cost of the workshop kit. Kits can be picked up at the guild studio prior to workshop date. This workshop will be conducted via Zoom link. Please register for this workshop by Monday, January 25th.

Your instructor:

Siri McCormick